The Yazoo Arts Council presents John Maxwell in

“Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?”

When: Friday, May 4, 2018
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 323 N Main Street, Yazoo City, Mississippi
Time: 6 pm reception | 7 pm performance
Tickets: Available now in Yazoo City at Good Hope General Merchandise, Bank of Yazoo (Main Street branch), and Webb’s Pharmacy
Price: General Admission $15 each

Audiences in Yazoo City will have a unique opportunity to meet one of America’s greatest writers on Friday, May 4th, at 6:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. John Maxwell’s internationally acclaimed one-man play on the life of the Nobel Prize-winning author, William Faulkner, will be presented by the newly revived Yazoo Arts Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the arts throughout Yazoo County, Mississippi. Maxwell has been presenting his highly engaging, entertaining, provocative and moving performance of America’s most decorated novelist for twenty-five years. He has traveled to twelve different foreign countries and most all of the United States with his performance.

“I just love doing FAULKNER,” says Maxwell. “Every time I step out on the stage to do it, I have a renewed reverence for the man. What most people don’t know about him is his wonderfully dry and dark sense of humor. He loved to tell stories, and was terrific at it.”

Maxwell stresses that this is a theatre piece; it is not meant as an academic thesis on the works of Faulkner. “It’s about his life and about the stories in his life,” says Maxwell. In the play, Faulkner emerges from his office after having refused to go to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize. “I have too much work to do on the farm. They can send it to me in the mail.” He goes on to tell stories about his days in Hollywood writing screenplays for Howard Hawked, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable; about his days in Oxford, Mississippi with his family; a Question/Answer session with an imaginary English class; as well as opinions on the black man in the south, writing in general, and many other things.

In the end, Faulkner changes his mind, does go to Stockholm, and the play concludes with The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, considered by many as the finest speech of it’s kind ever written. Come to Trinity Episcopal Church in Yazoo City on May 4, 2018, and have the opportunity to laugh, and be entertained with this dynamic theatrical presentation!

The Yazoo Arts Council was formed in 1975 to promote the arts throughout Yazoo County by nurturing awareness through exposure, enjoyment, and involvement in visual and performing arts. Membership in the Yazoo Arts Council is open to all individuals, organizations, or businesses interested in the mission and vision of the YAC. Those interested in purchasing membership can contact the YAC through their page on Facebook at or by mail at Yazoo Arts Council, PO Box 207, Yazoo City, MS 39194.

The presentation of John Maxwell in “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” is sponsored by the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Bank of Yazoo

The weekend of May 4th-5th is a great time to plan a visit to Yazoo! Check out the events below:

Friday, May 4th, 6:00 pm
John Maxwell in
“Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?”
Tickets $15, available at select local retailers. Click here for more information.

Saturday, May 5th, 10 am-5 pm
Jerry Clower Festival
Featuring LIVE Music, Arts & Crafts, Antique & Classic Car Show, Kidz Zone fun, Silent Auction, Food Vendors, Talent Contest, Jerry Clower Impersonator Contest, Hula Hoop Contest, Magically Perfect Princesses, and more! This event takes place on colorful and historic Main Street in Yazoo City. Admission is FREE!!

Saturday, May 5th, 10 am
The Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City in conjunction with the Yazoo Arts Council will present New Stage Theatre Arts-in-Education Touring Program’s production of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County from the story by Mark Twain, adapted by Joseph McDonough, at the Yazoo Community Complex. Admission is Free.

For help with planning your trip to Yazoo, please contact the Yazoo County CVB (Visit Yazoo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).